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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

August 10, 2015

Liferafts

Chris Nolan, Assistant Captain

Corwith Cramer

Ship's Log

Noon Position
36°31.9’N x 06°17.2’W

Description of location
Cadiz, Spain

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
A warm and muggy day in Cadiz, Spain. 

Critter sightings
Residents of Cadiz

While tied securely alongside the pier in Cadiz, Spain, we took the opportunity to send our liferafts off the ship for their annual inspection and servicing at a local USCG approved vendor.   Each raft holds 20 people, and with three of these rafts onboard, it provides plenty of excess capacity in case of emergency. This seems like common sense today, but it wasn’t always the case!

It took the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912 to force international consensus for ships to carry enough lifeboat capacity for each person embarked. This became a problem because wooden lifeboats took up a ton of space on the decks of ships.  With time (and World War II) came the innovation of inflatable liferafts, like the ones we carry on the Corwith Cramer. 

Although modern rafts are well designed and compact – they are still bulky and heavy…so the crew used some clever seamanship and mechanical advantage to get the rafts onto the pier to allow the local vendor to conduct the raft servicing. 

Once we get the rafts back tomorrow, we will be all set for another year, and the Corwith Cramer will get underway – bound for the historic Strait of Gibraltar, and then onward to Mallorca, Spain, for our annual yard maintenance period.

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